Go beyond Photo Booth’s fake ‘Thermal’ filter with this iPhone accessory by Seek Thermal. The company now sells a real thermal imaging camera attachment for $199 on its website. The gadget plugs in using a Lightning port, so it works with any iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus you may have lying around.
The product will also work with Lightning-equipped iPads, but the company says the accessory is not optimized for iPads, which probably means be prepared for some wiggling.
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Beyond the novelty of having a heatseeking imaging camera strapped to your smartphone, the utility of the product is uncertain. The company says the device has many uses, from fixing blocked pipes (by seeing the liquid inside) to artistic photography (such as taking heat-mapped pictures of your food).
You can make your own mind up as to whether its worth the $199 price tag, but it’s certainly cool. You can buy a unit from Seek Thermal’s website.